Centre College recently hosted the 11th annual Research, Internships and Creative Endeavors (RICE) symposium, this year incorporating a week-long celebration of research, featuring different events each day.
“As always, this year’s RICE was a great opportunity for our campus community to celebrate the independent research, internships and creative work that Centre students complete,” said event co-chair Ellen Prusinski, assistant director of CTL, experiential learning coordinator and assistant professor of education.
“The fact that RICE was part of a week-long series of events highlighted how active our community is and hopefully gave students multiple ways to engage questions around research,” she continued.
More than 100 students participated in the symposium on April 12, giving a total of 66 oral and 28 poster presentations from a variety of academic disciplines. Student artists also exhibited their work on April 13 in the AEGON Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center (JVAC).
“We were pleased with the turnout, especially at the poster sessions on Thursday afternoon,” Prusinski added. “It was great to see so many first and second year students, in particular, who we hope were inspired to present in future years.”
Prusinski explained how the extension of RICE into a full week of activity turned out well this year, including the addition of a luncheon that featured remarks by President John A. Roush, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Stephanie Fabritius, Assistant Professor of History Sara Egge and Noah Martin ’18.
“I’ve talked with many people who enjoyed that piece of the week,” said RICE co-chair Leonard Demoranville, assistant professor of chemistry. “All of those folks talked about how nice it was to have a different venue to casually discuss their experiences in research.”
During Wednesday night’s convocation, the campus community also heard from Dr. Chris Barton ’89, who provided a discussion on “Bringing Back the Forest: University Research, Outreach, Community Engagement, and Partnerships for the Reforestation of Coal Mines in Appalachia.” Barton conducts a reforestation research and manages a non-profit that reforests surface mined lands in Appalachia. His research and outreach were the focus of the convocation.
Additionally, Prusinski said Friday’s art show was an enjoyable conclusion to the week, celebrating the creative endeavors of student artists.
“I felt like it gave people more space to really explore the student work and linger in JVAC for a while,” she said. “It was also great to get to talk with some of the students about their work.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
April 18, 2018